Natural Bodies of Water offer fun, but safety is a must
Written by jordanmckamey on May 30, 2019
Summer is the season of adventure, and there’s no better way to do it than to find a fun place to swim, explore, and relax. Whether you know of a private swimming hole nearby or you’re on vacation and spot a river that looks inviting, finding natural swimming areas can be refreshing compared to your crowded neighborhood pool.
Unfortunately, swimming in natural areas comes with its own set of risks. Some bodies of water can be much more dangerous than you think. Sadly, drowning is the second-most frequent form of accidental death for children between ages 1 and 14 and is the fifth-leading cause of accidental death among all age groups, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roughly 43% of drownings take place in natural water settings, far more than in a swimming pool.
With natural bodies of water, especially rivers in the Big Horn Basin running near, at or over flood stages, it is suggested no swimming be done at this time. Recreationalists like canoers, kayakers and others should always check river conditions before attempting to launch.